The environmental themed Ecolyat Days, which aim to develop an ecological culture among schoolchildren, will be held for St. Petersburg students during the 10th Nevsky International Ecological Congress on 25–26 May 2023.
On 25 May, two events will be held to address one of the most important environmental problems of modern society – the problem of waste. The Krestovsky Island environmental and biological centre will host an international open lesson for 100 schoolchildren on the proper handling of municipal solid waste. The event will be attended by Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Agrarian Food Policy and Environmental Management Alexander Dvoynykh, Russian First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Konstantin Tsyganov, Member of the Federation Council’s Committee on Agrarian Food Policy and Environmental Management Tatyana Gigel, Russian Senator from the Republic of Bashkortostan Liliya Gumerova, Russian Environmental Operator General Director Denis Butsayev, representatives of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology, and Technical Supervision, the St. Petersburg Committee on Education, and leaders of the Krestovsky Island environmental and biological centre.
More than 200 schoolchildren will take part in game-based educational activities during the ‘Ecolyat of St. Petersburg Greet Summer’ municipal celebration for schoolchildren. These activities will help children get an understanding of waste, sorting and disposing of municipal solid waste, and developing skills to sort garbage and keep things clean.
On 26 May 2023, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko will meet with young environmentalists at the Ecolyat booth at Tavricheskiy Palace. During the main event of the Congress – the plenary session – a ceremony will be held to initiate children into the Ecolyat movement.
“Traditionally, our meetings with young environmentalists always involve a dialogue about what is needed today and an understanding of how young people live. These are always initiatives that help this movement develop. And, of course, [it includes] warm, vivid, and joyful moments from interacting with our children who are trying to protect nature and make our world a better place,” said Gigel, who serves as chairwoman of the organizing committee for the events of the Russian campaign ‘Russia: The Territory of Ecolyat – Young Protectors of Nature’.
The Ecolyat environmental and socio-educational project aims to develop an environmental and nature-loving culture among primary school students and is a new innovative tool to develop additional environmental and biological education at primary schools in the Russian regions.